Today's suggested Pious Resolution: to get into the way of bowing your head reverently at the Holy Name of Jesus ... and at that also of His Most Holy Mother.
My apologies to those of you who do this already; but my impression is that very few people do, even among the pious, even among the pious clergy. Yet bowing at the Name of Jesus is even prescribed in the old Canon Law of the Patrimonial Church of England to be done by clergy and laity alike, and this order was explicitly retained in the twentieth century revision of Canon Law. And, of course, it was laid down in the old Ritus Celebrandi Missam: 'When the Name of Jesus is named, [the celebrant] bows his head ... and similarly whenevever the Name of blessed Mary is named, or that of the Saints of whom the mass is said ...'. (Modern legislation regarding the Novus Ordo makes the same provision; I wonder how often Novus Ordo enthusiasts do so.) I try to do this, not only liturgically, but also when I hear the Name of our Saviour uttered lightly as an expletive.
A great Bishop of Exeter, John Grandisson, made the encouragement of this the first thing he did when he arrived in Exeter in 1328 after having been 'provided' to the see by his friend and patron, that immensely interesting pontiff John XXII. In his decree Ineffabilis Misericordiae Matris he wrote 'The Mother of Mercy - a mercy beyond all words - has endlessly shown favour with ready hand to the whole human race, from the beginning of our redemption; favours that will last for ever. Having these always before our eyes, and not forgetting how often she has helped, cared for, protected and excused us before her Son, and has graciously reconciled us to herself, we desire with all our heart to entice and enflame the minds of others to her love and service.' He went on to remind his cathedral clergy of the 'very great indulgences which we know Popes Urban IV and John XXII graciously to have granted' and to add to these a new indulgence of his own to all his clergy who 'sweetly call to mind the Name of her Son Jesus Christ or of Mary, when it is sung or read, by bowing their head.'
This is not only a matter of Law but also, surely, a decorous and attractive indication of our servitium Mariae.